Golden State’s general manager says they expect to sign star guard Stephen Curry to another supermax extension.
Curry, 33, has one season remaining on his five-year, $201 million ($A260m) contract.
The two-time NBA MVP will be eligible to sign a four-year, $215.4m ($A278m) extension through the 2025-26 campaign.
The NBA’s special supermax deals are salary cap exemptions that allow elite veteran players to sign extensions with teams that drafted them, establishing even more lucrative contracts than they can get as free agents signing with a new team.
“I don’t see any reason not to be optimistic,” Warriors GM Bob Myers said on Monday.
“He seems like he’s motivated – we’re motivated. I would say pretty confident we’ll get something done.”
In his 12th NBA season, Curry became the oldest scoring champion since Michael Jordan did it at age 35 in 1998.
Curry averaged 32.0 points to lead the league for the second time in his career after also doing it in 2015-16 – joining Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players with multiple scoring titles, MVPs and championships.
He carried the squad late in the season as it made an unsuccessful play-off push, losing play-in round games to the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies.
But Curry’s effort was remarkable, considering the Warriors played without fellow star guard Klay Thompson for the second straight season.
“Obviously we want Steph back in the worst way,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.
“There’s no reason to think why that won’t happen. We’re excited about that. We’re excited about next season.”
Myers and Kerr would love to have Kelly Oubre Jr. back next season, though with Thompson returning to the starting line-up it’s unclear whether Oubre would accept a reserve role.
He missed the final 12 games with an injured left wrist.
The hope is big man James Wiseman, the No.2 overall pick in last year’s draft, will be healthy in time to participate in training camp.
He underwent surgery in mid-April to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee.